Have the Lessons of the Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster Been Learned?
Have the Lessons of the Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster Been Learned?

“Have the Lessons of the Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster Been Learned?”, a conference exploring the impact of the disaster and the future of energy transportation in Canada, took place at the University of Ottawa on December 8, 2016.

The conference brought together, for the first time in a public forum, representatives of citizens’ groups from Lac-Mégantic to engage with politicians, legal scholars, rail safety and regulatory policy experts. The conference provided a much-needed opportunity for discussion, debate and identification of possible avenues of consensus for moving forward. 

The conference addressed four critically important issues:

1) the impact of the disaster on the Lac-Mégantic community;

2) the ability of the transportation regulatory system to ensure that the transportation of dangerous goods by rail can be done safely;

3) the ability of the Canadian justice system to deal with the consequences of  Lac-Mégantic and other major disasters, as well as the role of local authorities in the Canadian constitutional context; and,

4) the implications of the disaster for the future development of energy transportation infrastructure and unconventional oil development.

Video Archive

Click here to view the two morning panels (YouTube) *Presentations begin at the 48-minute mark

Click here to view the two afternoon panels (YouTube) *Presentations begin at the 12-minute mark

Click here to view the first session of the conference (CPAC)

Conference Materials

(The documents are available in the language in which they were created)

Click here to view the conference program.

Panel 1: Summary

Panel 2: Summary

Panel 3: Summary

Panel 4: Summary

Presentation: Liette Gilbert

Presentation: Robert Bellefleur

Presentation: André Blais

Presentation: Gilles Fluet

Presentation: Nicole Jetté

Presentation: Jacques Gagnon

Presentation: David Robitaille

Presentation: Heather McLeod-Kilmurray

Presentation: Valerie Akujobi

Presentation: Mark Winfield

Presentation: Jasmine van Schouwen

Presentation: Ian Naish

Presentation: Brian Stevens

Presentation: Christine Collins

Presentation: Harry Gow

Presentation: René David-Cooper

Presentation: Bruce Campbell (adjoining PowerPoint presentation)

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